Legendary actor Om Puri highlighted Indo –Pak partition in his last interview which has been finally released one year after his death.
Indian actor Om Puri died in January 2017. Six days before he passed away, Om Puri had wrapped up shooting for his last movie” Lashtam Pashtam” which is set to hit theatres on August 10.
Director of the movie Manav Bhalla also conducted Om Puri’s last interview which has finally been released over a year later.
In his last interview, Om Puri spoke about his character as a Pakistani taxi driver who helps an Indian youth in the film Lashtam Pashtam. The movie is set in the backdrop of India and Pakistan.
The legendary Indian actor emphasized on the sacrifices both nations have made since Indo- Pak partition and urged people to remind themselves of the same.
When asked about the message in this movie, he wants people to take through his character. Om Puri shared, “My character itself is giving out a message. Manav has written it in such a way that tells people that hatred should end as it has no specific reason and we are fighting forcefully. We are all humans and we have stayed together for years. Mughal rulers stayed here for almost 600 years. Before independence, we all stayed together, we have learned from all the etiquettes (tehzeeb). Yes, there have been some issues but there is a dialogue in the film that issues happen at home also, among Hindu brothers also and also among relatives.”
He also said, “When the partition happened, brothers thought that let one brother stay this side and other on the other side and this won’t change much as they can come anytime on each other’s side. But they never thought the situation would become so bad. So this partition was the partition of relationships, emotions, and feelings and it’s a really painful thing.”
He added, “People have to be reminded of this again and again — that we must live and let live as we have sacrificed a lot during the partition.”
Om Puri also worked in Pakistani film ” Actor in Law” alongside Mehwish Hayat and Fahad Mustafa. He has been vocal about building strong relationships between two countries.